Attaining a GED is a big accomplishment. Dannie Nickerson, Expanded Horizons Literacy Program participant and mother to Kymberly, is the first GED graduate of the year. On January 11, 2017, Dannie passed the last of the four required GED subject area examinations (Science, Social Studies, Language Arts Reasoning, and Mathematical Reasoning) for the completion of her State of Florida High School Diploma. Dannie has been with the Women’s Center of Jacksonville since 2014. She used the resources provided by the Expanded Horizons Literacy Program and tutoring from Charlene Balfour, Karen Higgins, Jan Little, and Sam Webber to reach her goal. Dannie is currently applying to Florida State College at Jacksonville and plans on giving back as a “support sister” to other students in the Expanded Horizons Program.
The Expanded Horizons Literacy Program is geared towards helping the lives of women through adult education and life skills training to empower them in their families, at their work place, and in their community.
The program offers women over the age of 18 the opportunity to study in areas of basic math, reading, language, GED preparation, English as a Second Language, and computer skills in one-on-one tutoring or small class settings. Classes are taught twice a week on a variety of subjects by paid instructors and volunteer tutors provide one-on-one or small group sessions for an hour and a half once a week. Tutoring sessions and select classes are available during daytime and evening hours. Expanded Horizons participants may also attend personal growth, educational, and life skills workshops provided by the Community Education Department.
If interested in volunteering, training is offered and all volunteer tutors must go through a background check .
For more detail on the Expanded Horizons Program or other Women’s Center services visit www.WomensCenterofJax.org or call (904) 722-3000.